AAA staff regularly monitors developments in the legal landscape concerning animals, in addition to other news stories regarding a variety of animal welfare topics. You are invited to keep abreast of animal-related news here.

Austin Bans Sale of Cats & Dogs

August 9th, 2010 by admin

At their 7/29/2010 meeting, the Austin City Council banned retail sales of cats and dogs. Austin joins other cities like Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Albuquerque, N.M., Lake Tahoe, Nev. and West Hollywood, Calif. in enacting this kind of ban. For complete story click HERE.

Catalonia is First Region in Mainland Spain to Ban Bullfighting

August 9th, 2010 by admin

Catalonia recently became the first region on the Spanish mainland to outlaw bullfighting.  On Wednesday Lawmakers in Catalonia’s regional parliament approved the controversial ban.  The ban will take effect in the region, of which Barcelona is the capital, in 2012.  Banning bullfighting further undermines Spanish unity, say traditionalists, who have pledged to seek protected status for bullfighting as a cultural landmark. Opponents of the ban also argue that it will have adverse economic effects, including eliminating jobs, a bad message to send when unemployment stands at 20%. For complete story click HERE.

Pit Bulls Save Chihuahua from Near-Fatal Coyote Attack

August 9th, 2010 by admin

Four-year-old Buster was romping in his backyard in the suburban town of Littleton, CO when his owner Jodi heard him scream.  She ran outside to find a coyote running off with little Buster in his mouth.  While Jodi was in pursuit, a pair of pit bulls were on neighborhood watch and ran toward the coyote, on a mission to rescue the poor dog. Realizing he was outnumbered, the coyote released Buster and ran off.  “The pits followed my dog underneath a bush, guarding him,” Jodi recalls. “[They] lay next to him, licked him and protected him.”  Buster had surgery on August 2nd and is well on the road to recovery – thanks to two brave, caring pit bulls who rescued him from a coyote! For complete story click HERE.

7 Puppies Die After Flight to O’Hare

August 9th, 2010 by admin

7 out of 14 dogs died inside the cargo hold of the American Airlines plane on Tuesday.  The dogs, which were sent by an “unidentified commercial dog-breeding operation in Oklahoma”- otherwise known as a puppy mill (can we say that?)  were to make connecting flights at O’Hare airport which would take them to pet stores in other states. Only 7 of the 14 dogs were deemed “air-worthy,” and they were placed on the second flight.  Investigators are looking at factors ranging from heat stroke to carbon monoxide poisoning to pre-existing health problems in connection with a shipment of the puppies. For complete story click HERE.

Swedish Family Lived With 191 Cats

July 25th, 2010 by admin

A 60-year-old Swedish woman was living in a Stockholm suburb with her mother, her sister, her son… and 191 cats!  Stockholm’s social services said the home was in an appalling condition with cats everywhere and overflowing litter boxes. Many of the animals were sick or injured-  173 had to be put down at the house and the remaining 18 cats were entrusted to animal shelters. Under Swedish law a family can have a maximum of nine cats. For complete story click HERE.

Haiti: 25,000 Animals Helped in 6 Months

July 25th, 2010 by admin

Six months after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, ARCH (Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti) continues to treat the hardest hit, most inaccessible areas of the country.  Their mobile veterinary clinic allows the team to travel into earthquake-stricken neighborhoods.  Offering vaccinations, deworming and vitamins to domestic animals as well as treatment of livestock.  Sometimes treating up to 500 animals a day!  More than 25,000 Haitian animals have received medical care from ARCH in the last 6 months. Watch this video:

Dogs & Cats Have a Voice Under New Massachusetts Law

July 25th, 2010 by admin

On Wednesday Massachusetts will become the first U.S. state to ban the “debarking” surgery that devocalizes dogs and cats. Under the new law, anyone in the state who cuts or removes an animal’s vocal chords for nonmedical reasons may be punished by fines and up to five years in prison. The silencing surgery may suit the needs of the owner, but not the health and welfare of the animal.  Supporters of the new measure say it is more important for pet owners to understand the needs and motivations behind their pets’ making noise. For complete story click HERE.

New Laws Take Animal Rights Movement to the Mainstream

July 14th, 2010 by admin

It was not long ago that ‘animal right’s was all but an oxymoron. With few exceptions, you could do what you wanted to an animal and it seemed bizarre to argue otherwise.  In the U.S., animal rights have moved further into the mainstream.  Animal-law courses are now taught at many of the nation’s leading law schools.  Enthusiasm for animal rights is fueling a national movement to rein in the chaining of dogs.  And the latest local example is that, starting in 2015, every egg sold in California will have to comply with strict hen-rights rules.  For complete story click HERE.

Millan Foundation Spay & Neuter PSA

July 13th, 2010 by admin

Cesar Millan and The Millan Foundation launched a new public service campaign on July 9, 2010, aimed at raising awareness in the Spanish-speaking community of the importance of spaying and neutering pets and its direct impact on canine overpopulation. It features television, radio, and print ads, and a community relations effort by Cesar himself which will seek to bring his spay and neuter message to Spanish-speaking dog owners. The campaign is focused on raising awareness of the consequences of pet overpopulation, which includes leaving over 4.5 million dogs and cats to die in local animal shelters each year due to a lack of space. For complete story click HERE.

South Dakota Supreme Court Rules on Driving With Cats

July 1st, 2010 by admin

On August 13, 2009 a Pierre, South Dakota policeman had stopped Patricia Edwards as she was backing out of a parking spot. Edwards was living out of the car with fifteen cats and all of her personal belongings. The officer at the scene ordered the pets impounded and the court later denied Edwards’ request to take the cats home on the grounds that she presented no plan to pay for the costs of their care. Edwards appealed this ruling but the court insisted that driving with a large number of cats in one’s automobile presents an imminent public threat.  In fact, there were so many cats in the car, Edwards failed to see the patrol car behind her and nearly backed into it!  Edwards’ attorney argued that the state provides no authority for the notion that animals traveling in a vehicle must be confined to kennels. For complete story click HERE.

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